Little Mouse's Big Book of Fears

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Spiders: Little Mouse is afraid of them (arachnophobia).

Shadows: Little Mouse is afraid of those (sciaphobia).

In fact, Little Mouse is afraid of everything. Join her as she faces her fears and records them in her journal - and discovers that even the biggest people are afraid of some things.

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Overview

Spiders: Little Mouse is afraid of them (arachnophobia).

Shadows: Little Mouse is afraid of those (sciaphobia).

In fact, Little Mouse is afraid of everything. Join her as she faces her fears and records them in her journal - and discovers that even the biggest people are afraid of some things.

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Editorial Reviews

Kristi Jemtegaard
Neither condescending nor frightening nor falsely comforting, this gentle book approaches a serious subject with humor and compassion.
—The Washington Post
Daniel Handler
…the visuals are endlessly startling and fascinating. I keep running my hands along this book's pages, trying to find the boundaries of what Gravett has devised. The pamphlet folds out, but the feathers merely look real; only when you turn the page do you realize that the figure of the dog, composed from torn photographs of dogs and cats, fits into the shadow of the mouse on the next page. The book's message—that everyone is afraid of something—almost gets lost in the shuffle, but Little Mouse's Big Book of Fears still does a splendid job of re-enacting phobia: it's hard to look away.
—The New York Times
Publishers Weekly

Dystychiphobia, phagophobia, good old acrophobia: everybody's afraid of something-although it does seem that Gravett's (Orange Pear Apple Bear) winsome mouse protagonist has cornered the market on anxieties. Wittily assuming the format of a scrapbook or diary that is filled in by Little Mouse, this book exhorts, "You too can overcome your fears through the use of art!" A virtually encyclopedic list of fears follows, each on its own page, with plenty of space allotted for Little Mouse's response. Gravett augments these expansive collaged spreads with interactive goodies (a flap, a gatefold, a tip-in of an entire map). For example, when Little Mouse scrawls, "I don't like being alone, or in the dark," readers will learn from glancing at the upper-right corner that this feeling is called "Isolophobia (Fear of solitude)." The opposite page is pitch-black, and Little Mouse eyes it nervously. Other moments are more purely amusing: "aichmophobia" (the fear of knives) ushers in references to "Three Blind Mice." Whether or not they choose to face their own fears, kids will feel that a chord has been struck-and they'll savor spicing up their budding vocabularies. Ages 4-8. (Sept.)

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Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
A charming little mouse takes a pencil in hand on the cover, as seen through a hole in the jacket, to draw pictures of his worries. The book actually catalogs along the top of each page clinical phobias, from arachnophobia (fear of spiders) to odd ones like rupophobia (fear of dirt), as our mouse writes and draws on each single or double page, what he is scared of. The fears are effectively visualized in oil-based pencil and watercolor; the mouse is depicted in each scene reacting as might be expected. He cowers with a huge shadow behind him; he dashes away from loud noises; he consults a delightfully comic map that is pasted on a page but opens up wide to show details. Some pages appear to have been chewed, while others have foldouts. Some include torn photographs and drawings. The results are inventively and skillfully produced. On the end pages, the mouse is shown finally asleep on a bed of torn drawings and clippings. The author calls this "the essential book to help you overcome your phobias," but librarians may worry about the author's invitation to use the "large blank space" on each page to "record and face your fear…" Do not miss the fun on the back of the cover. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal

K-Gr 4

A tiny mouse and his gigantic fears collide in this humorous creation. This handbook dramatically states, "A fear faced is a fear defeated," and encourages the fainthearted to conquer their fright through writing, drawing, and collage. Spare text and delightful illustrations chronicle this nervous rodent's journey. From ablutophobia, the fear of bathing, to sciaphobia, the fear of shadows, the striking mixed-media art captures the humorous adventures of the white mouse and his red pencil. The pictures emphasize shadow and light, pitting the winsome rodent against some of the scariest and most exotic phobias. Unusual elements abound through a hodgepodge of folded maps and newspaper clippings; varied perspectives and dominant figures feature a cameo by the Three Blind Mice and a dramatic retelling of "Hickory Dickory Dock." With nuanced facial expressions, the mouse scurries through each textured spread against warm cream-colored backgrounds; his actualization reveals a delightful conclusion. Through one-on-one sharing or personal perusal, readers will clamor to relive this small hero's adventures.-Meg Smith, Cumberland County Public Library, Fayatteville, NC

Kirkus Reviews
Under the guise of a self-help book whose instructions are obediently followed by a mouse taking notes on the pages, Gravett takes readers on an intense exploration of fear. Each page features one phobia. Carrying a full-sized (not mouse-sized) pencil, Little Mouse confronts various angsts (clinophobia, fear of going to bed; ablutophobia, fear of bathing), some tweaked for mouse-relevance (aichmophobia becomes fear of knives, as a circus is cancelled due to an unfortunate incident with a farmer's wife). Most existential are whereamiophobia (fear of getting lost) and isolophobia (fear of solitude and, here, fear of the darkness of a solid-black page). Creative multimedia artwork with a frenetic vibe includes collage, foldouts (maps, newspapers), cutouts (nibbled page corners abound) and expressive and aptly wild pencil strokes. Myriad details-such as a receipt on the back cover listing the book's condition as "Poor, scribbled in, rodent damage"-reinforce the setup. Timorous Mouse doesn't vanquish the worries but does weather the dangers, revealing a tiny final smile at an unexpected turnabout. (Picture book. 3-7)
Horn Book
"This clever book will engage and amuse kids and their grownups—though perhaps not the faint of heart."
Bookpage
"[A] new twist on the genre...The reveal at he end will provide a welcome relief and spontaneous laughter."
Booklist
"Encouraging children to face their anxieties can be a fearsome endeavor; this may be just the ticket."
The Barnes & Noble Review
Emily Gravitt's Little Mouse's Big Book of Fears is a compendium of phobias, among them Ablutophobia (fear of bathing), Dystychiphobia (fear of accidents) and Rupopphobia (fear of dirt). The conceit is the format: a blank journal with writing prompts -- "Teratophobia (Fear of Monsters). Use the space below to record your fears." Little Mouse fills the pages with black-and-white pencil drawings, mocked-up newspaper articles, and photographs creating a layered lift-the-flap, textured scrapbook. As Little Mouse writes, "I get edgy near sharp knives," the double-page spread is a detailed tribute to "Three Blind Mice." From the clues in the pictures we discover a trio of visually impaired rodent acrobats in a publicity poster. On the facing page a newspaper reports that an insane farmer's wife attacked them with a carving knife. The humor is subtle and sophisticated, more "aha" than guffaw. Common childhood fears are expressed, like the fear of being sucked down the bathtub drain and the fears of being lost or alone in the dark. Each page presents a brilliant representation of terror. The most stunning is the fold-out Visitors' Map of the Isle of Fright, shaped like the outline of a mouse pinpointing the physical location of the symptoms of dread -- from the Mount of Apprehension in the ears down to Loose Bottom. Although our protagonist is afraid of almost everything, in the end, he finds that some are afraid of him: Musophobia (fear of mice). --Lisa Von Drasek
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230016194
  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan
  • Publication date: 8/8/2008
  • Pages: 32
  • Product dimensions: 9.80 (w) x 11.30 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Emily Gravett is the author of many critically acclaimed books, including the Kate Greenaway Award–winning Wolves and Little Mouse’s Big Book of Fears. She is also the author and illustrator of Again! (shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Award), Wolf Won’t Bite!, Blue Chameleon, The Rabbit Problem, Dogs, Spells, The Odd Egg, Monkey and Me, Orange Pear Apple Bear, and Meerkat Mail. She lives in Brighton, England, with her family. Visit her at EmilyGravett.com.

Emily Gravett is the author of many critically acclaimed books, including the Kate Greenaway Award–winning Wolves and Little Mouse’s Big Book of Fears. She is also the author and illustrator of Again! (shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Award), Wolf Won’t Bite!, Blue Chameleon, The Rabbit Problem, Dogs, Spells, The Odd Egg, Monkey and Me, Orange Pear Apple Bear, and Meerkat Mail. She lives in Brighton, England, with her family. Visit her at EmilyGravett.com.

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